Bénévoles et recettes

 

Saint-Charles School is a small school in the scenic Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean region of Quebec. They set up a breakfast program for their 75 students a little more than a year ago. Special education teacher Myriam Servais is the one who got the initiative off the ground, with support from her fellow staff members. “Madame Myriam,” as she is affectionately known, is in tune with the needs of her students. From day one, she has put her all into making the program a success, so that every child can start their morning with a wholesome breakfast.

 

This year, some extra help was needed to keep everything running smoothly, so the breakfast program decided to reach out to the parent population. Marie-Soleil Aupin-Keighan, a mother of one of the students and a very creative person by nature, responded immediately. As someone bursting with ideas for recipes, decorations, crafts and more, she was the perfect fit for the role of site coordinator. So she decided to take the plunge!

 

Thanks to the efforts of all the volunteers and the staff members who help out, the breakfast program at Saint-Charles School is a hive of activity every morning. Students from Grades 5 and 6 are also on hand to pitch in with breakfast preps. “Without all these great people, I’d have much less time to plan, organize and cook!” said Marie-Soleil.

 

It turns out Marie-Soleil is also a wiz at cutting down on food waste: “I work hard to keep waste to a minimum. I’ll inevitably find a way to turn one thing into something else or invent new no-bake recipes to get students to eat food they may otherwise turn their nose up at. I make energy balls and apple sauce popsicles. When yogurt gets close to its best-before date, I freeze it and make yogurt pops. Unopened drinkable yogurt gets put into a blender with frozen fruit to make smoothies. And that’s just the beginning!” This week, she’s testing out a new egg spread. We’re sure that, like everything else she dreams up, it will be a huge hit!

 

She has generously agreed to share one of the kid-tested recipes she has come up with. Feel like giving it a whirl?

MARIE-SOLEIL’S NO-BAKE ENERGY BALLS

Yield: 32 balls

Ingredients:
  • 2 c. (500 mL) soy butter* (WowButter)
  • 1 c. (250 mL) granola
  • ⅓ c. (80 mL) honey or maple syrup
  • ¼ c. (60 mL) raisins
Preparation:
  1. Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper or a reusable silicon mat.
  2. Combine the soy butter and honey with an electric mixer or a fork.
  3. Add the granola, using your fingers to crumble some of the bigger pieces. Blend together with a mixing spoon.
  4. Shape the mixture into balls, about 1 Tbsp. (15 mL) at a time. If it is too sticky to handle, try moistening your hands with a little water. Add extra soy butter and honey if needed for the balls to hold together.
  5. Place them on the prepared cooking sheets, making sure they don’t touch. Chill for at least an hour.

 

N.B.: For special occasions, drizzle melted chocolate over top, as illustrated.

*You can substitute other nut or seed butters if that’s what you have on hand!

bénévoles

 

It’s hard to believe that summer is quickly approaching and breakfast programs will soon be winding down! In preparation for this hiatus, consider the following tips to use up any ingredients you have left or to store food properly over the summer months.

 

5 Tips to Use What You Have Left Before Summer

  • Plan — Find recipes that use the ingredients you have on hand. For example, you can make pancakes with leftover applesauce and oats. If you have extra eggs, why not whip up some breakfast sandwiches!
  • Adapt — Swap the fruits or veggies called for in a recipe with what you have. You can do this with other ingredients as well, such as different types of flour or oil.
  • Make smoothies, sauces and compotes — They are the perfect way to use leftover fruit! Freeze any fruit that hasn’t been eaten at the end of each breakfast. When you have enough set aside, throw it into a smoothie, sauce or compote.
  • Hold a theme day or celebration breakfast — It will help you use up ingredients in new recipe and menu ideas!
  • Cook big batches and freeze them — In order to buy less food as summer approaches, cook big batches and freeze them. You’ll see your inventory of fresh ingredients get smaller and smaller as you do.

 

Don’t forget to use your egg coupons before summer, too!

 

If you’re not able to use everything before school ends, think about ways to store food properly:

  • Milk and yogurt can be frozen. This may affect their texture, but they are still safe to consume and can be used in smoothies and baking.
  • Cheese can be frozen, either whole or grated. Ensure that it is well wrapped or sealed to maintain quality.
  • Vegetables can be blanched and frozen. Place in boiling water for 1 to 3 minutes, then remove with a slotted spoon and plunge into ice cold water. Open freeze as explained below.

Open freezing allows you to store fruits and veggies without them clumping together. This also allows you to use only the amounts you need without having to defrost a whole batch. Open freeze fruit and blanched veggies by spacing them out on a non-stick or parchment-lined baking sheet. Place in the freezer until solid, then transfer to freezer-safe bags or containers. Don’t forget to label them clearly, complete with the date!

No Bake Breakfast Cookies recipes

These no-bake cookies can be customized to include any extra toppings of your choice!

 

Serves: 16 | Prep Time: 5 mins | Total Time: 15 mins + 1hr chilling time

 

Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 cups peanut butter
  • 2 tsp honey or maple syrup
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 4 tsp chia seeds
  • 1 1/2 cups oats

 

Extra
  • Chopped almonds
  • Raisins
  • Pumpkin seeds

 

Directions
  1. Place the peanut butter, honey and vanilla in a bowl.
  2. Stir the mixture until well combined, then add in the remaining ingredients.
  3. Stir well and ensure everything is well incorporated.
  4. Roll the mixture into 16 balls and place the balls on a baking tray lined with parchment paper.
  5. Press the balls flat slightly and place them in the fridge for at least an hour.


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Fruits and veggies

Looking to avoid food waste in your breakfast program? Want to ensure that your fruits and veggies stay fresher and tastier for longer? Here are eight great ideas on how to make the most of your produce!

 

  1. Remove any elastic bands from your vegetables after buying them. They can damage and break vegetables, especially leafy ones.
  2. Remove leaves from your root vegetables (radishes, carrots, parsnips, beets, etc.). Leaves tend to absorb all the water and decrease the shelf life of root vegetables.
  3. Punch holes in the plastic wrap of vegetables that come in trays to let them breathe. You may have noticed that the plastic wrap on mushrooms, for example, is already perforated. This helps prevent them from becoming slimy.
  4. Put your bananas in the fridge before they are too ripe. Their peels may turn black, but the fruit inside will stop ripening. You can make delicious banana slices now or store them in the freezer for subsequent use.
  5. Freeze your leftover fruit and use it later. Any fruit can be frozen. Tip: Spread the fruit or fruit pieces out on a large baking sheet and put in the freezer for an hour. Then transfer to an airtight container to store. This way, the individual pieces will freeze separately, so if you need a certain quantity, you won’t have to defrost the whole batch. Frozen fruit can be added to yogurt, porridge, muffins, smoothies — anything!
  6. Add lime or lemon juice to your fruit salad to keep it fresh. This will stop the fruit from browning and keep your salad appetizing.
  7. Put a paper towel at the bottom of berry containers to absorb moisture. This will increase the shelf life of your berries and prevent the formation of mould.
  8. Freeze any “ugly” fruit and make compote out of it when you have enough. This works with apples, pears, peaches, berries or an assorted mix! Check out our cookbook for a simple berry compote recipe that can easily be adapted to any fruit you have on hand.
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For Nutrition Month, Breakfast Club of Canada has teamed up with child nutritionist Mélanie Magnan (nutrimini.com) to bring you a simple, irresistible breakfast recipe that kids and parents alike are bound to love. One of Mélanie’s mantras is “Healthy eating should be fun.” Mission accomplished!

 

Breakfast pizza ingrediants

Photo credit: Nutrimini

 

Ingredients (for 1 pizza)
  • 1 mini watermelon disc, about 8 inches (20 cm) in diameter, sliced approximately 1 inch (2.5 cm) thick
  • ½ c. (125 mL) vanilla-flavoured Greek yogurt
  • ½ kiwi, sliced
  • 1 or 2 strawberries, sliced
  • 12 a dozen fresh blueberries
  • ¼ c. (60 mL) mixed granola
  • 1–2 Tbsp. (15 mL–30 mL) desiccated coconut

 

Preparation
  • Spread half of the yogurt on top of the disc.
  • Top with kiwi, strawberries and blueberries.
  • Sprinkle granola and coconut over top.
  • Serve with the remaining yogurt on the side.

 

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Recette lait de poule vegan

 

Recipe by Anick Lamothe – Une mère poule un peu dingue

 

The same rich, creamy taste of the traditional holiday beverage, easy to make at home!

 

Yield: 5 cups (1.25 L)| Preparation time: 15 minutes | Chilling time: 24 hours or longer

 

Ingredients
  • 1 c. (250 mL) raw cashews
  • 4 c. (1 L) water
  • 1 Tbsp. (15 mL) flaxseed meal
  • 1 Tbsp. (15 mL) milled white chia seeds
  • 4 pitted Medjool dates
  • Maple syrup or honey* to taste
  • 1 tsp. (5 mL) vanilla
  • ½ tsp. (2.5 mL) cinnamon
  • ½ tsp. (2.5 mL) freshly grated nutmeg
  • ½ tsp. (2.5 mL) ground cloves
  • ½ tsp. (2.5 mL) ground turmeric, or to taste

*Stick with maple for a truly vegan treat!

 

Preparation
  1. The night before, place the cashews and water in a bowl and soak in the refrigerator overnight.
  2. Discard the water the next day. Place the softened cashews in a blender with fresh water and the flaxseed, chia seeds, dates, syrup or honey, and spices. Blend for several minutes or until silky smooth. For a brighter colour, add more turmeric.

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Recette parmentier à la dinde

Recipe by Anick Lamothe – Une mère poule un peu dingue

 

This dish is a snap to put together ahead of time. Just reheat and enjoy! You can prepare the whole thing from scratch or, better yet, use leftover holiday turkey for a tastebud-tantalizing way to avoid unnecessary food waste.

 

Yield: 4 servings | Preparation time: 40 minutes | Cooking time: 1 hour 30 minutes

 

Ingredients

 

Puréed squash
  • 1 butternut squash
  • 2 Tbsp. (30 mL) butter
  • 1 Tbsp. (15 mL) milk

 

Turkey
  • About 1¼ lb (600 g) skinless, boneless turkey breast
  • 1 carrot, chopped
  • 2 stalks of celery, chopped
  • 1 onion, quartered
  • A few bay leaves
  • Salt and pepper

 

  • 2 Tbsp. (30 mL) butter
  • 4 shallots, minced
  • 2 8 oz (227 g) packs of cremini mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 carrot, diced
  • 2 stalks of celery, diced
  • ½ tsp. (2.5 mL) cloves
  • ½ tsp. (2.5 mL) allspice
  • ¼ c. (60 mL) all-purpose flour
  • 2 ½ cups (500ml) turkey, chicken or mushroom stock  
  • 1 Tbsp. (15 mL) balsamic vinegar
  • Salt and pepper

 

Preparation
  1. Preheat the oven to 425F (220C). Line a sheet pan with parchment paper. Slice the squash in half, lengthwise, and scoop out the seeds. Lay the halves on the sheet pan, cut side down. Bake for 1 hour. Remove from the oven, flip the halves over and let cool slightly. Lower the oven to 350F (180C).
  2. While the squash is cooking, place the turkey breast in a saucepan and cover completely with water. Add the chopped carrot, celery and onion, along with the bay leaves, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, reduce to a summer and cook, covered, for 1 hour. Remove the turkey from the broth, let cool 10 minutes and then pull apart using two forks. Strain the broth and discard the vegetables. Set the chicken and broth aside.
  3. In a large frying pan, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the shallot and sauté for 2 minutes, stirring regularly. Add the mushrooms and diced carrot and celery, stirring regularly, until the moisture has evaporated, about 5 to 8 minutes.
  4. Stir in the cloves, allspice and the flour and mix well. Add the stock, vinegar, salt and pepper, and stir until it thickens. Add the pulled turkey. Divide the turkey mixture into four single-serve ovenproof dishes.
  5. Scoop out the squash into a bowl. Add the butter and milk. Mash together using a potato masher and, when smooth, spoon out on top of the four prepared dishes, spreading uniformly over the turkey mixture.
  6. Bake for 10 minutes and serve.

 

*Note: Don’t throw out the rest of the turkey broth. Use it to make a chill-chasing soup!


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Recipe by Anick Lamothe – Une mère poule un peu dingue

It may be better to give than to receive — but not necessarily when it comes to this hearty and filling soup.

 

Yield: 6 to 8 jars | Preparation time: 15 minutes | Cooking time: 1 hour

 

Ingredients
  • ½ c. (125 mL) brown lentils
  • ½ c. (125 mL) dried mixed vegetable flakes
  • ¼ c. (60 mL) rice
  • ¼ c. (60 mL) pearl barley
  • ¼ c. (60 mL) spelt
  • ½ c. (125 mL) sundried tomatoes, cut in thin strips*
  • ¼ c. (60 mL) vegetable bouillon powder
  • 2 Tbsp. (30 mL) torula nutritional yeast
  • 2 Tbsp. (30 mL) mixed Italian herbs

*Do not use oil-packed tomatoes for this recipe!

 

For cooking
  • 10 c. (2.5 L) water
  • 1 28 oz (796 mL) diced Italian tomatoes

 

Preparation
  1. Spread the lentils out evenly at the bottom of a mason jar, then continue layering with the vegetable flakes, rice, barley, spelt, dried tomatoes, bouillon powder, nutritional yeast and Italian herbs for a striped effect. Seal the jar and keep upright.
  2. To make the soup, pour the contents of the jar into a stock pot. Add the water and diced tomatoes, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, covered, for 1 hour.


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The festive season is almost upon us and what better way to celebrate than with lots of yummy food! Strata casseroles are perfect for this time of year since they can be made in big batches the day before and customized to what you have on hand. This comforting recipe is also the perfect way to use up any leftovers you may have (bread, fruits, veggies, milk, cheese) before schools close for the holidays!

 

This recipe has been adapted from OnceUponAChef.com| Servings : 8 to 10

INGREDIENTS
  • 1 lb (454 g) chopped frozen spinach, thawed and thoroughly drained
  • 3 Tbsp. unsalted butter
  • 1 large yellow onion, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 8 c. (2 L) whole wheat bread, cut into 1-inch (2.5 cm) cubes (about 11 slices)
  • 2 (500 mL) grated cheese (cheddar, mozzarella, feta — whatever cheese you’d like!)
  • 9 large eggs
  • 2¾ c. (680 mL) milk, milk alternative or half-and-half
  • 1 tsp. (5 mL) salt
  • ¾ tsp. (3.75 mL) black pepper
  • ¼ (1.25 mL) ground nutmeg
  • 2 Tbsp. (30 mL) Dijon mustard(optional)
INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Melt the butter in a large sauté pan over medium heat. Add the onion and cook, stirring frequently, until soft and translucent, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and drained spinach, and cook 2 minutes more. Set aside.
  2. Grease a 9′ x 13′ (23 cm x 33 cm) baking dish. Spread a third of the bread cubes in the dish and top evenly with a third of the onion-spinach mixture. Sprinkle with a third of the cheese. Repeat layering twice, ending with cheese.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk the eggs. Add the milk, salt, pepper, nutmeg and Dijon (if using) and whisk until well combined. Pour the egg mixture evenly over the strata. Cover the strata with plastic wrap and chill for at least 1 hour or overnight.
  4. When ready to cook, preheat oven to 325°F (160°C). Bake the strata, uncovered, until puffed, set and golden brown all over top, 70–75 minutes. Let stand 10–15 minutes before serving.

 

Try customizing this recipe by substituting different vegetables for the spinach (roasted squash cubes, steamed broccoli, chopped peppers). You can also try experimenting with a sweet variation by skipping the onion, garlic, cheese and mustard and adding in:

  • 3 sliced bananas, ½ c. pumpkin seeds or sunflower seeds, ⅓ sugar

OR

  • 3 sliced apples, ½ c. raisins, ⅓ c. brown sugar


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